Couaillet 11-Jewel French 8-Day Carriage Clock, w/Case by Bigelow Kennard Boston

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Seller: mp6556 (190) 100%, Location: South Burlington, Vermont, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 173751688905 A TRULY UNIQUE ORIGINAL FRENCH CARRIAGE CLOCK MADE BY ONE OF THE FIRST MAKERS IN FRANCE PROBABLY IN THE 19TH CENTURY. SEE DETAILED INFORMATION BELOW. THIS CLOCK IS SIGNED BY THE MAKER, ARMAND COUAILLET, AND WAS SOLD BY BIGELOW, KENNARD & CO. IN BOSTON WITH A CUSTOM LEATHER CASE. THE CLOCK IS MARKED 11 JEWELS AND BEARS THE MAKER'S MARKS. IT IS ALSO IS MARKED "132" ON THE EDGE OF THE BACK DOOR OF THE CLOCK. SEE PICTURES. THIS MAY BE ONE OF THE EARLIEST CLOCKS MADE BY THIS FRENCH MAKER. IT IS IN GREAT WORKING CONDITION AND HAS ITS ORIGINAL WINDING KEY. IT KEEPS FAIRLY GOOD TIME AND RUNS FOR THE FULL 7-8 DAYS. WITH PROFESSIONAL CLEANING, IT WOULD PROBABLY KEEP PERFECT TIME! THE CASE HAS A WINDOW TO OBSERVE THE CLOCK TIME, WHICH CAN BE COVERED TO PROTECT THE CLOCK. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS. I'M NOT AN EXPERT, BUT WILL BE HAPPY TO PROVIDE MORE PICTURES OR ANY INFORMATION I MAY HAVE ABOUT THIS SPECIAL PIECE. Armand Couaillet (1865–1954) was a French clock maker from Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont in Normandy.In 1890 Couaillet started a business producing carriage clocks; shortly afterwards his three brothers join the business. By the turn of the century, the company employed about 100 workers and were producing 4000 carriage clocks each month.On the eve of World War I, The Couaillet brothers employed 300 people and their catalog listed 250 models of clocks, but during the war, the focus of production switched to precision mechanical components for fuses, parts for aircraft engines and field telegraph systems.In 1919, after a trip to the United States, he designed and began the production of the “Électricar”, a lightweight, three-wheeled, one-person electric automobile. Only 250 units are sold; the market demanded an internal combustion engine. At the same time, he relaunched his horological business, producing primarily alarm clocks and timers. In 1925 that business was bankrupt, and closed down. Bigelow, Kennard & Co. of Boston was one of the leading Boston merchants in the 19th and early 20th century, selling high-quality domestic and imported silver, glass, and clocks. John Bigelow founded the firm around 1824 and was soon followed by his brothers, Alanson & Abraham O. Bigelow and in 1830 they were known as Bigelow Brothers. Martin Parry Kennard of Brookline MA joined the firm between 1845-1847 and the company became Bigelow Brothers & Kennard until 1863. From 1863 to 1972 it was Bigelow Kennard & Co. They ceased business around 1972. During this long period they had watches and clocks private-labeled for them from various manufacturers. Payment TermsPayment by the winning bidder is expected within 3 days from end of auction. If payment is not received within the specified time frame, we reserve the right to void the sale, sell the item to another party, or relist the item. Shipping TermsDomestic Shipping. Shipping with Insurance via UPS within Continental United States. Please contact seller before purchasing for insurance costs and other shipping arrangements for shipping outside of Continental U.S. (Alaska & Hawaii). Expedited Shipping for a fee is available by mutual agreement. All items will usually be shipped within 3 business days of receipt of funds via PayPal or agreed upon method. International Shipping: Available through E-Bay shipping. Shipping Cost varies based on location. Local pickup also available!ReturnsReturns are not accepted for collectibles because of market fluctuations in price. The item(s) can be returned if item(s) are not as described or qualifies under E-Bay buyer protection policy. Buyer pays for return shipping costs. The photos are of the actual item you will be receiving. I stand behind all my descriptions and photos. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions.Please check out my other listings and remember to leave feedback!! Thanks for looking. Condition: Used, Brand: Couaillet Freres, Modified Item: No, Country/Region of Manufacture: France, Modification Description: none, Clock Type: Carriage Clock

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